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#33 Carolina Hurricanes vs.
#34 Calgary Flames
Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 4:05pm EST
Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary
Written by Adam Rauzino

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The Calgary Flames will host the Carolina Hurricanes in an inter-conference tilt Saturday afternoon from the Scotiabank Saddledome. The Hurricanes were silenced in a 1-0 road loss to the Canucks on Thursday night, and the Flames filed a 4-2 home win over the Maple Leafs on Thursday night. The Hurricanes tallied a 2-1 home win over the Flames in the lone meeting this season.

Hurricanes Shut Out to End Winning Streak

The Carolina Hurricanes will resume a five-game road trip in this one. They own a 1-1 record through the first two games and had a three-game winning streak end in a 1-0 road loss to the Canucks on Thursday night.

Andrei Svechnikov had his three-game point streak evaporate in Thursday’s loss to the Canucks. Overall, the 19-year old right-winger is having a great year in his second season, leading the team with 34 points. Svechnikov scored two goals in the Flames win against the Hurricanes earlier this season. Sebastian Aho is having a great month and he has racked up seven points in his last three games. The 22-year old left-winger has tallied 18goals along with 11 assists. Carolina has fared well on the road where they own a 9-6-2 record on the year.

The Hurricanes continue to give both netminders playing time. Mrazek got the start in Thursday’s win, and he owns a terrific 2.52 GAA and a .906 save percentage to go along with a 13-6-2 record. Reiner has put up a 2.62 GAA and a .918 save percentage in 12 games on the year. Carolina is scoring an average of 3.3 goals, good for seventh in the NHL. They are allowing an average of 2.7 goals, placing them 10th overall.

Flames Extend Winning Streak to Seven Games

The Calgary Flames remain one of the hottest teams in the NHL. They have won seven consecutive games highlighted by a scoring barrage, and also have a 10 game point streak. The Flames rallied for a 4-2 home win over the Maple Leafs on Thursday night.

Johnny Gaudreau is heating up which is great news for the Flames, recording five points in his last five games. The six-year veteran left-winger is having a subpar season for his standards, logging only nine goals along with 17 assists. Gaudreau tallied an assist in the loss to Carolina earlier this season. Sean Monahan has a ton of momentum, netting six points on the month. The 25-year old center has overtaken the team lead in points with 28 on the year. Calgary features a stellar 10-3-2 record on home ice.

The Flames will likely send David Rittich to the crease in this one after he earned the win on Thursday night. The 27-year old goalie is having a decent year, posting a 2.71 GAA and a .914 save percentage accompanied with a 15-7-4 record. Calgary is averaging 2.7 goals per game, ranking them 23rd in the NHL. They are allowing an average of three goals, positioning them 14th overall.

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Full-Game Side Bet

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I am siding with the red-hot Flames in this one. The Flames have found their scoring touch and have won seven straight games as a result, so I can’t justify going against them on home ice. Calgary has scored at least four goals in five consecutive games which included a 4-2 win against the Maple Leafs on Thursday night.

Furthermore, the Hurricanes are in the middle of a tough five-game western road trip. They are playing well but have been on the road since Tuesday, and could not find the back of the net in a 1-0 loss to Vancouver on Thursday.

Prediction: Calgary Flames

Full-Game Total Pick

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I expect a high scoring clash. The Flames scoring barrage has led to the over going 4-0-1 in their last five games. They are scoring several goals against strong opponents, netting four or more goals against the Avalanche, Coyotes and Maple Leafs. The over is 3-0-1 in the Flames’ last four games when their opponent allows two or fewer goals in their previous game.

In addition, the Flames will also give up goals. They have allowed at least three goals in three out of their last five games. Carolina features a very threatening power play and the Flames goaltending is mediocre at best.

Prediction: Over

Full-Game Prop Bet

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I am opting for the over on the Flames team total offered on PointsBet. The Flames team total has been a solid bet recently as they continue to fill the net. They are averaging a sizzling 4.4 goals over their last five games overall. Johnny Gaudreau has found his shooting touch with three goals in his last two games, and the Flames are very dangerous when he is playing at his best.

Prediction: Flames Team Total Over

Half-Time Prop Prediction

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I am selecting the Hurricanes on the first-period line. The Hurricanes are one of the most dangerous teams in the NHL in the opening frame where they have collected 37 goals on the year. Moreover, the Flames have only scored 17 goals in their 34 games played in the first period this season which is one of the lowest totals.

Prediction: First Period Line Carolina Hurricanes
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Written By Adam Rauzino

Adam has been a sports fanatic his entire life, closely following hockey, baseball, basketball and football. Adam enjoys analyzing various stats, as well as studying Sabermetrics and analytics to take his picks to a whole new level. Adam has a passion for writing about various sports as well as personal finance and has brought his talents to us here at Winners and Whiners. He graduated with a diploma in business marketing and business finance.